War crimes: 3 Moulvibazar Razakars get death penalty

Senior Staff Reporter Published: 19 May 2022, 12:11 PM | Updated: 19 May 2022, 12:44 PM
War crimes: 3 Moulvibazar Razakars get death penalty

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has sentenced three Razakars of Baralekha in Moulvibazar to death in a case filed over crimes against humanity during Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. 

A three-member bench of the ICT headed by its Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam passed the order on Thursday. 

The other members of the bench are Justice Abu Ahmed Jomadar and Justice K M Hafizul Alam. 

The death-row convicts are Abdul Aziz alias Habul, his brother Md Abdul Matin and Abdul Mannan alais Monai. 

Of them, Abdul Matin is on the run.

The ICT started the investigation of crimes against humanity against the trio on October 16, 2014, and ended it on November 14, 2016. The three accused were charged with five crimes against humanity such as murder, genocide, rape and torture in the Barlekha area during the Liberation War.

On November 28, 2016, a charge sheet was submitted to the tribunal against them. 

On May 15, 2018, the charges were framed against the trio.   

On February 29, 2016, the tribunal issued arrest warrants against them in the case.

On March 1, Moulvibazar Barlekha police arrested two of them. Abdul Aziz and Abdul Mannan were produced before the tribunal on March 2 after their arrest and were ordered to send to jail.

When the Liberation War started, the accused Abdul Aziz and Abdul Matin went to Barpunji in India for training. After not completing the training, they returned from there and joined the Razakar forces.